Having something to play for in the month of November is a new concept for most members of the Colorado Buff Football team.
By picking up their first Pac 12 win last Saturday night in impressive fashion 41-23 over Cal, Colorado could be come bowl eligible for the first time sine 2007 if the Buffs can close out this season with wins against a good USC team at home this weekend and finish out the season at Utah. The Utes have played really well at home, defeating Stanford there.
Colorado Head Football Coach Mike MacIntyre realizes his team will have to be at their best Saturday against the Trojans.
"To me they've looked good all along," MacIntyre said Tuesday during his press conference luncheon. "They're running the football better the last five to six games. They're offensive linemen are very athletic and talented. They've got talented players all over. I think Coach (Ed) Orgeron has them playing hard and playing well."
MacIntyre feels that USC quarterback Cody Kessler is getting better as the season progresses.
"Cody is doing a good job," MacIntyre said. "I think he's a very good football player. Since they got their running game going, it has really helped him. The windows are a little big bigger because of the running game. I think he's doing a good job."
The Buffs returned to the practice field Tuesday, according to their Head Coach MacIntyre, it was a great day of work.
"I thought we had a good practice Tuesday," MacIntyre said. "I thought we flew around well. I thought we did some good things. I thought our players really competed today."
One thing the Buffs defense must do this Saturday against USC to be successful is play sound defense and have great run fits.
"We have to really get good at our run fits for this football game," MacIntyre said. "We've got to get more than one guy to the football because their running backs are excellent runners and very fast and powerful guys."
On offense the Buffs must be able to have some success against a very athlete USC defense.
"Offensively, we've got to be able to move the ball and control the clock some," MacIntyre said. And I feel like we have to have a good plan of attack on how to do that."
Although Southern Cal plays some younger guys in the secondary, MacIntyre gives them their due credit.
"Defensively, they're very talented," MacIntyre said. "Their secondary is good and their defensive line is good. Their secondary to me is just really, really athletic, makes a lot of plays and causes some havoc here and there. They've got some young guys back there so they've had a couple break downs from time to time because of heir inexpensive but, athletically they are excellent."
MacIntyre admits that there will be some emotions surrounding Senior Day at Folsom field.
"I hope it helps us," MacIntyre said. The senior days that I've been around lately have always helped us. I definitely hope it does. These seniors have been through a lot. It would be great to send them out with two home wins in a row and then give something to really shoot and fight for on the last Saturday of the season. So that's what we hope to do and that's what we need to do.